Can I Recycle My "Why This School" Essay?


I am writing supplemental essays and three of them ask the same question: "Why do you want to go to (school name)?" Is it okay to basically copy and paste the exact same essay answer for all three? They mention my tour of the school, how I was drawn to the esteemed English program and how it's my first choice. Will they know (or care) if I said the same thing to other schools?

“The Dean" has written about this thorny issue before. Here you'll find some advice on handling these irksome supplemental essays. They're largely irksome because pretty much any extra essay is going to be annoying to a busy high school senior. But they're also irksome because students often feel pressured to tell every college, “You're my first choice." Clearly you feel this pressure, too, but it's a lousy idea. I'll get to that in a minute. But first, let me explain why your copy-and-paste plan is a lousy idea as well.

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